A Saudi Arabian dentist, I finished dental school in my country in July of 2017. Since then I have been practicing and I am currently serving as a general dentist at a health care facility operated by the Ministry of Health. I am applying to your program in the hope of earning my Master’s Degree in Prosthodontics, my chosen specialty, so as to become an expert in this area of dentistry, a practicing prosthodontist and a leader in my field, serving to advance the profession of Prosthodontics in Saudi Arabia.
I have extensive experience in dentistry and, during my internship, I focused on Prosthodontics as much as possible so as to prepare myself for ongoing, advanced training in this area. I served in support of Dr. XXXX who is one of the most highly regarded prosthodontists in the KSA, especially with respect to the eastern part of the country where I look forward to practicing. He earned his Master’s Degree in the USA and I keenly look forward to following his example so that I might acquire a similar level of vast knowledge and highly advanced practical acumen in Prosthodontics
I keenly look forward to a professional lifetime helping patients to achieve both functional and esthetic excellence in their oral health care, providing them with the most beautiful smile possible. I find particular fulfillment in helping to treat patients with collapsed teeth, and feeling their great joy first-hand as a result of rehabilitation. I enjoy exercising my leadership skills and, after completing your program and returning to my country, I also anticipate with great joy serving as a team leader at either a private or government clinic. While completing my internship I helped out with a research project; and this very much left me hungry to again share in research. I hope to contribute what I can to one or more ongoing studies over the course of the next several years. I am particularly engaged with the study of different types of irrigation and how they affect the strength of the bonding – most of all, fiber post to dentin. I also look forward to a complete immersion in the psychological effects of Prosthodontic treatment, how a healthy and beautiful mouth contributes to our overall psychological health or sense of well-being.
My special passion for dentistry was sparked early on when our neighborhood was visited by a mobile dental clinic. On this occasion, I had my first cavity restored and I was in love with what I saw and heard going on all around me, and reflected on the experience a great deal. The respect and human service, the great gift of oral health care, the contribution to community, I found all of it extremely attractive very earl on, especially by the time that I was an adolescent and reading a great deal on my own about my prospective career.
I most enjoy helping others, especially those having difficulty eating and chewing due to the loss of their teeth, seeing the change in their faces and the happiness in their smiles. As a fourth-year student in dental school, and already preparing removable dentures, and building strong and very warm relationships with those who received them.
One of the especially wonderful opportunities that I had in dental school was participating in laboratory research, assisting my mentor, Dr. XXXX with a study concerning the effects of irrigation on the bonding strength of fiber post to root dentin. I learned the basic skills required for conducting a literature review, gathering information, analyzing data, and learning to distinguish between well-designed and poorly-designed studies. I worked independently on this project and had a share in the writing, as well as presenting the study at the KAUFD Interns Research Presentation Day.
Following my graduation, I had the opportunity to train in many governmental and military hospitals, with rotations in Pedodontics, Oral surgery, Endodontics, and especially Removable & Fixed Prosthodontics. I have been shadowing dentists on YouTube since the beginning of my dental studies, mostly prosthodontists, and I continue to do so regularly, further developing my clinical, laboratory, didactic and research understandings in Prosthodontics. I had the chance to volunteer and work for eight months at the Dammam Medical Complex in the eastern region of Saudi Arabia, serving in support of a Prosthodontist, Dr. XXXX, helping him to attend to several patients each day. This position was especially helpful in helping me to develop my teamwork and inter-departmental communication skills.
I have completed countless volunteer hours on behalf of many oral health care promotion initiatives, working to build greater levels of oral health awareness in our communities. Public oral health and community work are especially close to my heart.
I thank you for considering my application to your Prosthodontics program.